Tag Archives: microwave meal

Make Your Own Polenta!

Standard

I love polenta, but the last time I went to the grocery store, they were out. I wondered if I could make it myself. Being the amateur chef I am, I didn’t realize that all I needed was salt, water, and cornmeal! Polenta is great because you can enjoy it as a delicious, warm breakfast, a lunch side, or an appetizer at dinner. I went through a few sites until I had discerned the most common way to prepare polenta. In the end, I chose this website as my guide to making homemade polenta. After looking at about 5 websites, it became clear that you need a 4 parts water to 1 part cornmeal. I modified this recipe, using only 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup of cornmeal, just to try it out. I really only used the website linked above for the instructions, which were also a mutual thing among most of the websites I saw. I will definitely make this polenta as soon as possible, because I am simply dying to try it out.

Another website I stumbled across that I thought was interesting uses the same ingredients, but instructs you how to make microwave polenta! I tried this polenta recipe out first to see if it worked, because I don’t know about you, but I would love to have some delicious polenta in just a couple of minutes as opposed to 30 or so. But I also made this quick recipe first because I was craving a warm breakfast, and something new. I had been anxious to try some homemade polenta, so I did! I must say, I did not use any olive oil (an optional ingredient) and was totally satisfied. I also cooked the polenta for 30 extra seconds. After it was finished cooking, I tried my homemade polenta and LOVED it! I used 1/4 cup cornmeal, so my polenta breakfast was only 110 calories (plus a few extras from some delectable blackberries I had on the side), but it still made a LOT – a sufficient breakfast. Polenta is pretty similar to grits, but I think polenta has more flavor and a better texture – more creamy and thick.

Polenta at its base ingredients (just water, cornmeal, and salt) is delicious and not bland or boring, but about halfway through, I wondered if I could make it better by adding a little cheese, or maybe a splash of milk, as the website suggests. I decided to at least try it, since I was coming to think of this as a polenta experiment. I ended up adding about 2 tablespoons of milk and 1 large handful (I have fairly small hands) of cheese. The polenta was PERFECT. I will add a tiny bit of milk and some cheese every time from now on!

Advertisements

Pizza Wrap…my easiest pizza recipe yet

Standard

Sometimes I just don’t feel like cooking. Sometimes I want something delicious, but without the work. Take pizza, for example. It is delicious, but usually takes some time and preparation. However, I usually have some tortilla on hand, and can make an easy tortilla pizza. But this recipe is even easier than that. It is a pizza wrap. A wonderful microwave meal that is ready in seconds. This is similar to my pizza quesadilla recipe, but it is faster and easier, in my opinion. It is basically fool-proof. If you want a quick and easy, simple recipe, this pizza wrap is for you. It is delicious and takes no time to make.

My recipe calls for shredded cheese, because I think that works better, but I was out when I made this and just thinly sliced a mozzarella cheese block. I also added a little bit of chicken as my topping/filling. It was delicious. Microwave pizza wraps are a great recipe to have on hand!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large tortilla (I use La Tortilla Factory) – or a couple mini ones
  • 1 tbsp sauce (gluten free, of course)
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded (approx)
  • Any additional, desired pizza toppings (precook raw meat/veggies)
  • 1/4 tsp basil (optional)

Instructions:

  • Spread pizza sauce on tortilla.
  • Sprinkle cheese evenly over sauce and add any desired toppings (precooked).
  • Sprinkle basil over top of pizza.
  • Heat in microwave for  about 1 minute.
  • You can eat like a normal pizza, or, like I enjoy doing, wrap it up for a pizza wrap.

NOTE: You can also cook this on a skillet, like in my pizza quesadilla recipe.

Quick Pancakes and Eggs

Standard

Lazy Pancakes

Today I was exhausted and did not feel like cooking or making anything. In my state of tiredness I decided to make some quick pancakes, or “Lazy Pancakes,” as I thought of them. The only ingredients I used were Pamela’s Pancake and Baking Mix and milk. So lazy.

This quick pancake “recipe” is a tablespoon for tablespoon ratio (I just tried these out in small amounts, as a quick snack). The first time, I used water, and the pancake actually tasted great. The second try, I used milk to see if there was any noticeable difference. There wasn’t much, but maybe the milk was a little better.

Now, the first lazy step for quick, lazy pancakes: measure out 2 tbsp of mix and milk and combine until smooth/no clumps remain. Step two: Microwave for 1 minute. Step Three: Serve immediately and enjoy. How easy was that? This is a great quick thing to make in the mornings to have with a scrambled egg, fruit, or whatever you enjoy in the mornings. It’s a delicious mini side. Having said that, I want to try using 1/2 a cup or maybe even an entire cup (a larger amount than 1 or 2 tbsp) to see if this could become a quick pancake replacement recipe if I need it.

Anyway, enjoy this recipe’s simplicity and deliciousness!

UPDATE: I have just realized that quick pancakes can become quick biscuits (possibly) by adding a bit of melted butter! Because, after all, the only ingredients in Pamela’s biscuits are the mix, milk, and butter. I will try this in the morning!

Quick Eggs

Quick pancakes, now quick eggs. Like I have said, sometimes you are running behind and just need a quick solution. Do you not have the time to go through the whole process of making a scrambled egg, plus washing all the cookware involved? Well, I have a simple solution that I use all the time.

Grab a coffee mug (or any microwavable cup/bowl), an egg (or 2), some milk, and salt. Mix the egg, milk, and salt in the cup, then put in the microwave and heat for about 30-45 seconds. Let cool for a minute and serve. You can also add things to the egg just like you would an omelette or regular scrambled egg. I like to just add lots of cheese to mine.